Replacing stress with rest

Sometimes battling stress can feel like a never-ending cycle: some moments of victory, alternating with fear and uncertainty. Is it possible to break out of the cycle?

I’ve found that considering the unvarying goodness of God—and Jesus’ teachings and proofs of that goodness—leads us not just to momentary improvement but to a deeper rest, a more permanent peace of mind.

Jesus was tasked with the greatest work of all time—the salvation of humanity—and yet the Bible does not at all give the impression that he was mired in stress every day. Instead of lengthy descriptions of burdens, Jesus speaks of rest: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29, New Revised Standard Version).

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